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02 May 2003

I would like to know of any places in Johannesberg that offer hypnotherapy? If there are any may you please give me their contact details?
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Jen,
Sorry, I can't recommend anywhere that provides hypnotherapy. There is remarkably little evidence that hypnotherapy helps the great majority of conditions and problems ; and in the few areas where it can be helpful, it is never ever adequate therapy on its own. Therefore, while it can occasionally be useful when offered by a fully trained psychiatrist or psychologist as part of a comprehensive treatment plan drawn up after a comprehensive and expert assessment, offered on its own, and by people who identify themselves purely as hypnotherapists, or by any clinic which mainly offers that form of "treatment", it would not represent adequate health care, and could not be recommended.
I am uneasy about the range of folks offering "hypnotherapy", about the standards of care they may practice and the standards of training. This is not an officially recognized speciality in this country ( nor in many others ) ; and an American colleague managed to get his cat egistered several times over as a specialist Hypnotherapist, with a range of Diplomas and qualifications, even though the cat hadn't even left his kitchen.
So, if you have real problems that are bothering you, of whatever nature, then you deserve real help from real and proven remedies, provided by a full trained and accredited suitable specialist. I wouldn't want to recommend that you receive anything less.
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